Frequently Asked Questions

Why talk to a counsellor and not just to my friends and family?

Friends and family can often be a great support but sometimes it can  be useful to talk in a more focused way and to someone who is not already personally involved in your life. Friends and family may offer you well-meaning advice but this can often feel confusing as lots of  advice may conflict. It could also be that the advice works well for the  person offering it but it may not necessarily be right for you. A counsellor will not give you advice, instead, they will help you to find your own answers. Sometimes the thoughts and feelings of others can affect what they say to you, or what you may feel able to say to them.  It maybe that in considering the feelings of others you don't say what  you really feel as you don't want to anger, worry or upset them, or you  may worry about what they will think or feel about you. The counselling relationship focuses on you and your needs. It is a space where you have the freedom to talk openly and honestly without being judged. 

Can you clarify the difference between short-term and long-term counselling?

Short-term counselling is approx. between 1 and 20 sessions. 

Long-term counselling / psychotherapy is over 20 sessions 

How do I book an initial consultation?

You can either email me directly from the 'Contact Me' section on this website or call or text me on 07984106004. You are welcome to leave me a voicemail and I will call you back. 

I accept self-referrals as well as referrals from other professionals, agencies and organisations 

How long are sessions?

Sessions last for 1 hour 

How much do sessions cost?

For self-funded referrals, sessions are at the reduced cost of £45 for 1 hour. 

If you have been referred through your workplace, I will invoice your employer directly.

If you have private health insurance and wish to see me through  this cover, please consult with your insurance company in the first  instance.

If  you are an employer, or represent an agency seeking counselling for  staff or service users, please contact me for further information about my terms.



How do I pay?

Fees are payable by cash at the beginning or end of each session 

If you have been referred through your workplace, I will invoice your employer directly. 

How many sessions will I need?

The counselling maybe open-ended or time-limited, ultimately this will be up to you. How long you may need depends largely on why you are seeking support. We can discuss what would be better for you at our initial consultation and we will review our work together regularly to ensure that you are receiving the support that you need. 

What happens if I miss a session?

48 hours' notice is needed to cancel a session or the full fee will still be payable. 

What if I am late?

If you attend a session late we cannot make up the extra time at the end so your session time will be shorter. 

If you are more than 20 minutes late, the session will be regarded as cancelled.

Is there parking?

Yes there is free on-street parking available 

Are sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is of the utmost importance in the counselling  relationship. It is important that you feel able to talk openly in order  to gain maximum benefit from sessions. 

I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice and all that you tell me is held in confidence unless I have reason to  believe that you or someone else are at risk of serious harm or I am compelled by a Court of Law. I have a professional duty to promote your  safety and wellbeing and I would always try to talk to you beforehand should any of these limits apply. 

I will discuss confidentiality with you at our initial consultation so that you fully understand these limits. 

All Counsellors have an ethical obligation to  consult with a supervisor on a regular basis to ensure safe and ethical  practice, your identity will remain anonymous if I take aspects of our work to these sessions. 

All client information that I hold is in compliance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and The Data Protection Act. I am bound by the BACP complaints procedure. 

A copy of the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions is available on request. 


If you feel that now is the right time for you to  make changes to your life, or you have any questions that are not covered by my website, please feel free to contact me. 

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